J. Key Schoen


Key Schoen is a trial lawyer. Since law school he has always been involved in litigation, and revels in the work. During his 23 year career, he has tried cases before virtually every forum - both federal and state, civil and criminal. Mr. Schoen also has extensive appellate court experience. Most recently he has devoted most of his time in Estate Litigation and Probate matters.


  • 502-589-0094 Phone
  • 502-589-0077 Assistant
  • 502-589-0099 Fax

Professional Experience:
  • 2013 - Present
    Tillman, Cade & Schoen, PLLC.
    - Civil Litigation, with emphasis in Estate and Probate matters
  • 2000 - 2012
    Sales, Tillman, Wallbaum, Catlett & Satterley
    - Civil and Criminal Litigation, with emphasis in Estate and Employment litigation
  • 1997 - 2000
    Segal, Isenberg, Stewart, Cutler & Tillman
    - Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • 1995 - 1997
    Williams & Wagoner
    - Civil Defense Litigation
  • 1994 - 1995
    Government Appellate Division, Falls Church, VA/Washington, DC
    - Appellate Counsel
  • 1991 - 1994
    United States JAG Corp., Mannheim, Germany
    - Trial Defense Attorney (1992 - 1994)
    - Prosecuting Attorney (1991)
  • 1991 - 1992
    Big Bend Community College, Mannheim, Germany
    - Instructor, Constitutional Law
Career Highlights:
  • Christie Richardson v. Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, Jefferson Circuit Court, Case No. 03-CI-08296.
    Case was argued by Mr. Schoen before the Kentucky Supreme Court. This case is seminal law establishing the government's obligation to provide a legal defense to police officers sued in civil litigation.
  • Norma Jean Jefferson v. Jefferson County Public School Systems, et. al., Jefferson Circuit Court, Case No. 00-CI-0051.
    Landmark case against Jefferson County Public Schools with $4.2 million verdict by jury. Case involved employment and constitutional law matters. Mr Schoen has two separate case judgements for over a million dollars.
  • United States v. Ayala.
    Mr. Schoen was selected to provide oral argument before the student body of the United States Military Academy at West Point. This case was argued before the highest court of military appeals. The Court ruled in favor of Mr. Schoen's client.
  • Criminal defense of soldiers while serving in Germany as a captain in the United States Army (JAG Officer). Mr. Schoen's acquittal rate was well over 50% during his two year stint.
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Law
    - Probate Court
    - WIll Contests
    - Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • University of Virginia, United States Judge Advocate School, Charlottesville, VA, 1991
  • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, 1990
  • B.S., Psychology and Economics, Centre College, Danville, KY, 1985
Bar Admissions:
  • All Courts within the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court - Western District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Military Court
  • United States Supreme Court
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Lousiville Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court Bar Association
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association
Honors & Awards:
  • Admitted to Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • The Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army
  • Judge Paul M. Brosman Award, rated highest criminal law student at Judge Advocate Basic Course, 1991
  • Honor Graduate - Commandant's List, Judge Advocate Basic Course, 1991
  • Outstanding Oral Advocate, Moot Court Competition, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1988
  • Thomas P. Bell Scholarship, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1987 - 1988
  • Recipient, various Scholarship Awards - Centre College, 1983 - 1985